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Saturday, March 24, 2018


Thursday, March 1, 2018 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Council applying for grant to evaluate parks; wait time policy introduced

Emmaus Borough Council unanimously passed a resolution to allow the borough to apply for a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant at its Feb. 20 council meeting.

If awarded, this grant will support the borough in funding the studying to evaluate the nine parks and trail systems, which in turn will help council determine a long-term plan on what improvements and remodeling needs to be done.

Hoodie Hoo Day brings out sunshine and celebrants

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

A group of residents of the Meadows Apartments in Emmaus and their friends spent Feb. 20 observing Hoodie Hoo Day. This year’s activities were expanded to include several surprises.

“Hoodie Hoo,” which occurs one month before the official start of spring, is a tongue in cheek celebration intended to drive away winter and lift the spirits.

Like “Jingle Bells,” “America the Beautiful” and “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” songs long associated with seasonal celebrations, the “Hoodie Hoo Marching Song” has become the holiday’s newly adopted anthem.


Thursday, March 1, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

School safety discussed at Feb. 26 board meeting

The East Penn Board of School Directors observed a moment of silence at the beginning of the Feb. 26 meeting in memory of the victims of the most recent school shooting.

During a request to address the board, three residents discussed their concerns about school safety in light of the massacre of 17 students and faculty in Parkland, Fla.

Emmaus High School junior Tanaya Mukherjee asked, “How are you planning to make sure that we are safe and we feel safe and nothing like Parkland will ever happen at Emmaus High School?”

Fastnacht fever overtakes Good Will Fire Company

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Continuing its long tradition of baking fastnachts for Shrove Tuesday, Good Will Fire Co. No. 1, Trexlertown, had a busy weekend baking, packing and selling more than 3,000 dozen Fastnachts.

As the face of the fire department is changing, and fewer community residents take up the call to volunteer, members now rely on some outside help to fill the gaps.

One volunteer even traveled from Italy to help with the effort Feb. 10.

Giada Martini traveled from Revó, Trentino, Italy, where she is a firefighter with the municipal fire department.

Town hall meeting hopes to ‘break the cycle’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by MARGE HOPKINS in Local News

A team of organizers, counselors, individuals in recovery and a candidate for senate shared their history, stories of success and sobering but hopeful statistics during the Allentown leg of “Breaking the Cycle: Communities Against Addiction” held Feb. 10 at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 W. Tilghman St.

Elizabethtown Pennsylvania’s Blueprints for Addiction Recovery Incorporated launched a series of 15 town hall meetings inviting communities across the commonwealth to join the discussion about the opioid addiction epidemic.